A montage of photos from the LMH gardens, including trees and wildflowers and cherry blossom

Our Gardens

Cultivating our natural landscape

Discover more about our 13 acres of gardens, which is made up of riverbank, biodiverse meadows and formal planted borders.

Our Gardens: a vision for the future

As we approach the 150th Anniversary of LMH in 2028, plans are underway to celebrate not only the College’s history but also our cherished green spaces. Find out more about our plans to revitalise the LMH gardens for future generations.

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A History of the Gardens

Gardens have always played an important part in life at LMH. In 1999 LMH published a history of the gardens, written by alumna Eileen Starmers-Smith (Fairey, 1948, English) during the 1970s. Originally published in the Brown Book, the 1999 publication was produced in her memory.

A black and white photograph of a walled garden that used to sit behind Old Hall at Lady Margaret Hall
Nurturing Biodiversity

We are passionate about protecting and nurturing the biodiversity of the College's gardens and wild places, helping wildlife to flourish at LMH. 

 

Montage of three photographs showcasing biodiversity at LMH: a butterfly, a wild orchid and a bee hive in a tree
A photo of two men and one woman standing in the LMH gardens, with bright green grass and flowers all around them

Meet the team

Jenny Rose Carey Head Gardener Oakley Loudon (centre) and College Gardeners Ngaio (left) and Kevin (right) nurture our amazing and extensive gardens, come rain or shine. In addition to keeping on top of regular maintenance and upkeep of the gardens, the team have launched several initiatives to encourage College members to engage with our outdoor places. This includes projects such as the Vegetable Club, immersive sound baths, and bulb planting workshops, all aimed at fostering a deeper connection between our people and the nature that surrounds us.